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Family Discovery Day | 01 April 11:00

Join us for a fun packed day at the museum where you can explore what is on offer for families with a series of free medieval themed activities. 11.00-11.30am Experience...

Spring Food and Craft Fair at Shaw House | 02 April 11:00

Shaw House 2nd April 2017, 11am - 4pm Spring is in the air and we are celebrating with the launch of our new Spring Food and Craft Fair. The House will...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 April 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 05 April 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Workshop: Button holes to garlands | 05 April 18:00

Wednesday 5th April    Please note, this workshop has now sold out. 6pm - 8.30pm, £25 During this workshop you will learn how to wire a simple button hole and a corsage, we...

Blaze’s Buddies | 06 April 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 6th April, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is squirrels. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Greenham: War and Peace: Silk Banner Painting | 29 March 10:00

Join artist Ali Pretty as she waxes and paints 10 beautiful giant silk banners that tell the amazing story of Greenham Common. Dates:   Wednesday 29th March to Friday 31st...

Wild About Plants | 11 April 10:00

Shaw House Tuesday 11th April (and Tuesday 18th April) 10am – 1pm Come along for this fun packed session and learn about the importance of planting wildflowers with local charity Growing...

Family Activity Day | 12 April 10:00

  Shaw House 12th April 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Theme: Springtime animals Make a Springtime animal – rabbit or chick – out of a polystyrene egg and other craft materials....

Family Activity Day | 13 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 13th April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Egg decorating Make and decorate a polystyrene egg with Deco pens, sequins and sequin pins. Finish with a loop of...

Heritage Walk: Churches & Chapels: Past & Present | 14 April 14:30

A guided walk on level ground to some of Newbury’s town-centre places of worship, both past and present. As well as a brief history of the denominations and their association...

Heritage Walk: Around the Kennet & Avon Canal | 17 April 14:30

A circular walk led by Phil Wood, taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, West Mills and St Nicolas Church during which we cover Newbury’s history...

Wild About Plants | 18 April 10:00

Shaw House Tuesday 18th April (and Tuesday 11th April) 10am – 1pm Come along for this fun packed session and learn about the importance of planting wildflowers with local charity Growing...

Family Activity Day | 19 April 10:00

Shaw House 19th April 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Theme: Cool coasters Decorate a coaster using Deco pens. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are...

Family Activity Day | 20 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 20th April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme:  Crazy Craft Days There will be at least three crafts to choose from each day (while stocks last). You can...

Family Activity Day | 21 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 21st April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme:  Crazy Craft Days There will be at least three crafts to choose from each day (while stocks last). You can...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 21 April 14:00

  Shaw House 21st April 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Local Heritage Roadshow | 22 April 10:00

Saturday 22nd April, 10am - 4pm West Berkshire Museum Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated...

Special Exhibition: Artikinesis Springtime Art Exhibition | 29 March 10:00

Original artwork inspired by the region from five local artists, each with their own individual, creative style. Gallery 5 Runs: 29 March – 23 April Our second floor galleries host...

Special Exhibition: Boxford Masques | 01 November 10:00

The Boxford Masques is a large scale community theatre performance held in the grounds of Welford Park, the next show will be in late July 2017. The Masques were originally...

Heritage Walk: Local History of Wash Common | 01 May 14:30

A 2 hour ramble through 4500 years of human occupation of Wash Common, from Neolithic through enclosure, local industry & turnpike roads to housing estates.  Mostly pavements & footpaths.  NB...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 03 May 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 03 May 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 May 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 4th May, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is teapots. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 05 May 10:00

Friday 5th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the...

Linking the Landscape: Bats at the Museum | 05 May 20:00

  West Berkshire Museum 5th May 2017, 8pm – 9.30pm Did you know one bat can eat 3000 insects in a night? Find out lots more amazing facts about bats on...

Workshop: Top table and guest table | 10 May 18:00

Wednesday 10th May Shaw House 6pm - 8.30pm, £25 Join us to learn a few basic techniques that will help you to create bespoke flowers for your wedding. We will also learn...

Newbury Spring Festival Talk: Jane Austen on Our Doorstep | 16 May 15:00

Tuesday 16th May, Shaw House 3pm (ends approx 4.30pm) Jane Austen died in the summer of 1817. To mark this bicentenary, writer and journalist Gill Hornby discusses the short but...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 17 May 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 17th May 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: Thatcham in old photographs | 17 May 19:00

Wednesday 17th May, 7pm - 8pm West Berkshire Museum A talk by Dr Nick Young to tie-in with one of our current exhibitions, Thatcham Remembered. The talk will include a...

Workshops: Introduction to landscape painting | 19 May 10:00

Friday 19th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 12 noon, £25 Gathering information This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own landscapes watercolours...

ACE Space @ Shaw House – Cancelled | 20 May 13:00

Due to unforeseen circumstances the ACE Space one day festival, Saturday 20th May, has been postponed until next year. Please look out for the confirmed date for 2018 on the website and...

Special Exhibition: Photographs and Jewellery | 26 April 10:00

A joint exhibition of stunning photographs and unique jewellery from Open Studios artists Simon Ball and Jo Arkell. Gallery 5 Runs: 26 April – 21 May Our second floor galleries...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour I | 26 May 10:00

Friday 26th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Washes and mark making techniques This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Special Exhibition: Cover to Cover | 29 April 10:00

A display of 30 sketchbooks each on a theme that have been exchanged amongst Open Studios artists for a period of 6 months.  The results are fascinating, showing the transformation...

Heritage Walk: Central Newbury | 29 May 14:30

WALK DETAILS: A walk taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, Northcroft Lane and the south of Northbrook Street with its alleyways, showing Newbury’s history from...

Open Air Sculpture Exhibition at Shaw House | 29 April 11:00

Saturday 29th April - Tuesday 30th May 2017 Shaw House The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House will be transformed into a sculpture trail where you can discover artworks by local...

Family Activity Day | 31 May 10:00

Shaw House 31st May 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Theme: Marvellous mini beasts Make a mini beast (bug) of your choice out of a selection of polystyrene shapes, pipe cleaners, Deco...

The Pied Piper – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 01 June 14:00

Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre June 1st 2017 House and cafe open from 10am, performance 2pm When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands...

Family Activity Day | 01 June 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 1st June 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Messy Museum Days,  Beautiful brooches Make a jewelled Anglo Saxon brooch from modelling clay, gems, gold paint and badge pin. Then...

Family Activity Day | 02 June 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 2nd June 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Messy Museum Days,  Beautiful brooches Make a jewelled Anglo Saxon brooch from modelling clay, gems, gold paint and badge pin. Then...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 02 June 14:00

  Shaw House 2nd June 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 07 June 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 07 June 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Workshop: Bouquets and bridesmaids | 07 June 18:00

Wednesday 7th June Shaw House 6pm - 8.30pm, £25 In this workshop we’ll be making a simple hand tied bouquet which can be used for a bride or bridesmaid, we can also...

Blaze’s Buddies | 08 June 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 8th June, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is otters. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour II | 09 June 10:00

Friday 9th June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Composition: Sky is the limit This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour III | 16 June 10:00

Friday 16th June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Seasonal moods: branches, leaves, colours This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Special Exhibition: Thatcham Remembered | 01 November 10:00

The Thatcham Remembered exhibition features photographs from the museum collection, including many images of buildings which have since been demolished.  The images cover several themes from education, public occasions and streets...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 21 June 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 21st June 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 23 June 10:00

Friday 23rd June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands,...

Workshops: Preserving Your Family Memorabilia | 30 June 12:00

Friday 30th June West Berkshire Museum 12pm – 4pm, £25 Discover how to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, treasured documents, important family history items, collectibles, artwork and antiques....

Special Exhibition: Home-Start West Berkshire | 24 May 10:00

An exhibition presented by Home-Start West Berkshire to celebrate 100 years of parenting. Gallery 5 Runs: 24 May  - 2 July Our second floor galleries host a series of special...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 July 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 05 July 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 06 July 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 6th July, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is puppets. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

The Importance of Being Earnest – Outdoor Theatre | 06 July 19:30

A trivial comedy written for serious people Thursday 6th July Gates open at 6pm, performance 7.30pm New Era Players, a locally based amateur theatre group, will be presenting what is...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 07 July 10:00

Friday 7th July West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the...

The Importance of Being Earnest – Outdoor Theatre | 07 July 19:30

A trivial comedy written for serious people Friday 7th July Gates open at 6pm, performance 7.30pm New Era Players, a locally based amateur theatre group, will be presenting what is...

The Importance of Being Earnest – Outdoor Theatre | 08 July 19:30

A trivial comedy written for serious people Saturday 8th July Gates open at 6pm, performance 7.30pm New Era Players, a locally based amateur theatre group, will be presenting what is considered...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 19 July 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 19th July 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Family Activity Day | 26 July 10:00

Shaw House 26th July 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Wise Owls - Make an owl of...

Family Activity Day | 28 July 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 28th July 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Cave art Do some cave painting on a clay tile using twigs,...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 28 July 14:00

  Shaw House 28th July 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Camera Club | 05 July 10:00

The camera club present a new collection of spectacular prints for their new 2017 exhibition. Gallery 5 Runs: 5 July – 31 July Our second floor galleries host a series...

Family Activity Day | 02 August 10:00

Shaw House 2nd August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Happy hedgehogs - Make a pom...

Family Activity Day | 04 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 4th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Go potty! Make a Neolithic pot from clay using some replica ones as...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 04 August 14:00

  Shaw House 4th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Family Activity Day | 09 August 10:00

Shaw House 9th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Pop-up puppets - Make a pop-up puppet...

Family Activity Day | 11 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 11th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Magnificent mummies Make a mummy out of a clothes peg, modelling clay...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 11 August 14:00

  Shaw House 11th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Knitting and Crochet | 12 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

The Wind in the Willows – Outdoor Theatre | 14 August 18:00

Award-nominated Immersion Theatre brings a spectacular musical adaptation of the classic, "The Wind in the Willows" to Shaw House this summer. Monday 14th August Gates open 5pm, performance 6pm Pack...

Family Activity Day | 16 August 10:00

Shaw House 16th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Pebble creatures - make and paint using...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 16 August 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 16th August 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Family Activity Day | 18 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 18th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Face it! Make a dace out of clay using replica Medieval and...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 18 August 14:00

  Shaw House 18th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Spinning and Weaving | 19 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Family Activity Day | 23 August 10:00

Shaw House 23rd August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days Beautiful birds - Decorate a ceramic bird hanging decoration – perhaps draw one you’ve seen in Shaw...

Family Activity Day | 25 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 25th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Write stuff! Make a quill from a variety of craft materials and...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 25 August 14:00

  Shaw House 25th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Braiding | 26 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Art Group | 02 August 10:00

Work from the museum collection chosen by the Newbury Art Group.  Members will be sketching in the galleries every Wednesday during the exhibition 11am-3pm. Gallery 5 Runs: 2 August –...

Special Exhibition: The Lie of the Land | 01 November 10:00

An exhibition of landscape paintings from the museum’s collection that have taken inspiration from West Berkshire’s beautiful and varied countryside, dating from the 19th century until the present day. The...

Family Activity Day | 30 August 10:00

Shaw House 30th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Dragonfly fridge magnets - Make a...

Family Activity Day | 01 September 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 1st September 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Mini masterpieces Paint in the style of Claude Monet and produce your...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 01 September 14:00

  Shaw House 1st September 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 06 September 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 06 September 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 20 September 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 20th September 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Special Exhibition: Trophies and Tractors | 30 June 10:00

A look at the history of the Royal County of Berkshire Show, from its humble beginnings in 1909 to today’s highly respected agricultural and rural event. Gallery 6 Runs 30 June...

Special Exhibition: Warm and Wacky | 29 August 10:00

New work from the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners & Dyers the group will also be running free workshops at the museum throughout August, see workshop listings. Gallery 5 Runs: 30...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 04 October 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 04 October 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 27 October 14:00

  Shaw House 27th October 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 15 November 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 15th November 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Special Exhibition: Something Old, Something New | 01 November 10:00

Marriage and weddings have been at the heart of society for centuries but practice and tradition have changed. One long standing tradition that remains at the heart of wedding ceremonies...

Special Exhibition: Cabinets of Curiosity | 01 November 10:00

Taking inspiration from the long history of ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’, we have gathered together our own collection of strange and wonderful things from the collection. Gallery 10 Runs until 31 December...

Special Exhibition: Crime and Punishment | 01 May 10:00

A history of crime in West Berkshire with illustrated accounts of crime and punishment from the Martyrs of Newbury to the last use of stocks in the local area. Gallery 7...